Library to kick off ‘Every Hero Has a Story’ summer reading program

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published May 27, 2015

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ROCHESTER — Each summer, the library offers a summer reading program to keep children and teens, as well as adults, engaged in books while school is out.


Community members of all ages can sign up for the 10-week summer reading program June 5 and start logging their reading points online for a chance to win a number of prizes through Aug. 8.


To get everyone excited about reading, the library will host a summer reading kickoff event from 2-2:45 p.m. June 6 on the front lawn. Doug Scheer, of Scheer Genius, will present a program filled with magic, challenges, stunts and laughs. Families must register all people who plan to attend, and they are asked to bring blankets to sit on. In case of rain, the show will move to the multipurpose room.


The theme for the youth summer reading program, for newborns through 12-year-olds, is “Every Hero Has a Story.” The program asks children or their parents to keep track of the amount of time they spend reading, and for every 15 minutes that they are either being read to, are reading independently or are reading to someone else, they get a point. For every 20 points, they get a prize.


Claire Poynter, head of the Youth Services Department, said there are six prize levels, and prizes include free paperback books and a satin superhero cape, and a number of entries into the grand-prize drawing. The grand-prize drawing will feature 12 prizes — including prize sets geared toward younger children. Everyone who reaches the fourth level, 80 points, will receive a ticket for the summer reading finale in August.


“Our theme this year is ‘Every Hero has a Story,’ so we have a lot of stuff about superheros, but we also have tall tales and bragging stories, heroes of American history, as well as some storytimes scheduled with the Fire Department and the Police Department — our everyday heros,” Poynter said. “We also have craft programs, performances, storytimes, hands-on programs, movies and our annual ice cream social.”


Poynter said children get to choose what they want to read.


“The summer is a time to explore books that you really love and to try some new stuff, not just read things that are assigned,” she said.


There are separate summer reading programs for  teens, adults and parents of young children.


The Parents Read Too program allows parents and caregivers who are busy reading to, and about, their children to participate in their own summer reading program, complete with separate prizes.


“We know that a lot of parents don’t have time to sit down and read a book for their pleasure while their children are running around and are tiny and crazy and into everything, so we do give them points for reading books to their children, bringing their children to library programs and taking their children on educational field trips,” Early Childhood Specialist Wendy Lehman said.


Registration for the summer reading programs begins at 9 a.m. June 5 and may be done online at www.rhpl.org/summerreading. Registration is limited to those who have an RHPL card and live, work or own property in Rochester, Rochester Hills or Oakland Township. The summer reading programs will run through Aug. 8.


For more information about the adult summer reading program, call (248) 650-7130.

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